Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Elegant Stinkhorns, continued
Well, now they have the gray/black caps and look like they're being eaten. The caps contain the new spores. Bugs eat it and spread the spores to new locations, so that we'll see them again. Next year? Next week? Next rainstorm? No idea. Unlike seeds, spores are quite unpredictable about how long they stay active, when they grow, etc. They haven't been studied as much as seeds have been studied, and they are more varied. A mushroom aficionado named Terence McCenna (sp?) spent years trying to figure out what the necessary conditions were - water? pressure? heat? - and gave up. Apparently each species is different. So, Mary, maybe we'll get a lot more when/if the hurricane hits and maybe we won't. Will definitely keep an eye out. I feel sure, with almost no factual basis whatsoever, that the glorious biggest-one-day-rain in history got water down to deep spores and encouraged this magnificent growth that we're now seeing.
Cooler morning, lots of exercisers out, taking advantage. Geese looked like they were playing baseball in the Parade Ground. Also, a great soccer game going on. Usually, there are some pick-up soccer games going on, using half a field each and little portable goals. Today there was one game on the whole field,with uniformed players and some great kicking going on. Also head hits, chest hits, etc.
Fishing line hanging from a tree into the water, near the beach where the Swan family now resides. We were concerned about their getting caught, but saw Martin from the Prospect Alliance and told him about it. Next thing, he's out in his boat, waving the line at me! Well, I think - we'll check tomorrow, since there were several lines, only one hanging into the water to be dangerous.